Hong Kong police demand removal of ‘sensitive’ items citing security law, pro-democracy café claims

A Hong Kong café known for being sympathetic to the 2019 extradition bill protests has claimed that the police asked them to remove “sensitive” items from the shop, citing potential violations of the Beijing-imposed national security law. Three police officers in No One Less Coffee on July 21, 2022. Photo: No One Less Coffee. No … Read more

Hong Kong hospital staff union votes to disband citing ‘pressure from all sides’

A Hong Kong hospital staff union founded in the wake of the 2019 unrest has voted to disband citing “pressure from all sides.” Meanwhile, a local press union passed changes to its constitution which lowered the threshold for dissolution. Hospital Authority Employees Alliance. Photo: Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, via Facebook. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance … Read more

Third political cartoonist leaves Hong Kong in less than 7 weeks, citing shrinking artistic freedoms

A political cartoonist has left Hong Kong, becoming the third to do so in less than seven weeks, citing concerns about shrinking freedom of expression in the city. Photo: Screenshot via Hong Kong Worker Facebook. Cartoonist Hong Kong Worker announced his departure on social media on Sunday, saying that he had arrived in Britain. “You … Read more

Hong Kong gov’t closes part of Tiananmen crackdown vigil venue citing potential ‘illegal activity’

The Hong Kong government has announced it will temporarily shut down parts of Victoria Park, a day before the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown. Citing online calls that “incited” unauthorised assemblies on Saturday, the authorities said the closure was to ensure public order and prevent the spread of Covid-19. Victoria Park, Causeway Bay … Read more

Ex-visual arts teacher and political cartoonist leaves Hong Kong citing fear of sedition arrest

A former visual arts teacher who was struck off last April over posting pro-democracy political cartoons on social media has left Hong Kong. He cited pressure from the city’s Education Bureau and criticism from Beijing-backed media. The pro-democracy cartoonist known as “vawongsir” announced his departure from Hong Kong on Saturday night, with a drawing of … Read more

Hong Kong Catholic group will not hold Tiananmen crackdown masses citing fears over national security law

A Hong Kong Catholic group will not hold masses to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen crackdown this year, citing fears over the Beijing-imposed national security law. The Hong Kong Catholic Social Communications Office told HKFP on Tuesday that some staff and members of the Justice and Peace Commission of The Hong Kong Catholic Diocese … Read more

Education foundation of defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy labor group disbands citing ‘political risk’

An education foundation affiliated with the defunct pro-democracy labor group, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), has announced that it will disband following a members’ vote, citing political risk. According to a statement released on Thursday, the CTU Education Foundation Limited had stopped handling operations matters and auditing, and hired professionals to facilitate … Read more

Political cartoonist Ah To announces departure from Hong Kong citing ‘great mental stress’

Pro-democracy cartoonist Ah To has announced his departure from Hong Kong, saying he faced “great mental stress” if he continued producing political cartoons in the city. The comic artist, who has drawn satirical cartoons about local politics for 11 years, made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. He shared a drawing of one of … Read more

BREAKING: Hong Kong’s Human Rights Press Awards canceled, citing legal risks

Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) has canceled this year’s Human Rights Press Awards, citing “significant areas of uncertainty” under the law. Human Rights Press Awards. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. In a statement emailed to members on Monday, club president Keith Richburg said the FCC board met on Saturday and “after a lengthy discussion, … Read more

Senior member of Hong Kong pollster leaves city for the UK, citing ‘red lines’

A senior member of Hong Kong’s leading independent pollster has left for the UK, calling the city a place where one may “no longer live normally and without intimidation.” Chung Kim-wah at a PORI press conference. Photo: PORI, via YouTube screenshot. “After balancing different factors and considerations, I have no choice but to make this … Read more